Strengthening Families Locally

Strengthening Families Locally aims to increase family resilience and reduce rates of child maltreatment and entry into foster care in target communities. Our current service areas are Bremerton, Port Angeles/Sequim, Spokane and Stevens County. DCYF will partner with community organizations, government, tribes, schools, families, volunteers and others in these service areas to design community-driven solutions to prevent child abuse and CPS system involvement. Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, this five year project started in 2019. Strengthening Families Locally is located within the Family Support Programs Division of DCYF.

DCYF is working with partners in each community to generate local awareness of the project and plan how to engage the broader community and ensure equitable voice and participation in the process.


DCYF seeks to partner with the community in service areas to:

  1. Reduce rates of child maltreatment
  2. Reduce rates of foster care entry
  3. Increase community resilience
  4. Develop a replicable community-driven prevention model

Six Core Principles

Based on past research and best practices for community-driven approaches to child abuse prevention, DCYF is committed to the following principles in Strengthening Families Locally:

  1. Approaches will be strengths-based, culturally appropriate and inclusive
  2. Mobilization will occur at multiple levels, including state government, local government, local non-profits, schools, families, volunteers, tribes, faith communities, etc., and will occur through a variety of means
  3. We will work to develop trust and strengthen shared values
  4. Our work will strengthen community organizations
  5. Teams will develop a continuum of information, services and supports to strengthen families
  6. Communities will target interventions for families with complex and co-occurring risks
Systems Thinking Workshop

With Kitsap Strong
November 16th, 2020, 2-4 PM

Understanding Systems for Change

With Priority Spokane and Spokane Regional Health District
December 19th, 2020, 2-4 PM

Spokane Planning Meetings

1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:30 PM

Stevens County Planning Meetings 

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 1:30-2:30 PM

Bremerton Planning Meetings

2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 1:30-2:30 PM

Clallam County Planning Meetings

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 1:30-3 PM

Upcoming Events

Stevens County Planning Meetings

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 1:30-2:30 PM

Planning Team Documents

Stevens County Strengthening Families Locally Goals

Community Partners

Parents and Volunteers
Better Health Together
Empire Health Foundation
Family Impact Network
Rural Resources
Spokane Regional Health District
Spokane Tribal Network
DCYF Child Welfare Operations